What is this webpage for?
You can use this webpage to send files to anyone (including Android smartphones).
All you do is drag and drop a file onto this page and a URL will be generated, which you can send to whomever you like.
After the link has been clicked on, the transfer process will begin, so keep the webpage open until the file has been transferred!
If you are using the extra functionality tool described here
you may close the page.
A new feature named contacts
makes it even easier; once a user is in your contact list you will be able to send files by merely clicking on their name.
Then a notification will appear on their computer and they will only have to click on it to start the transfer.
Why is it better than e-mail?
No size limitations. While other services such as Gmail may have size limits of 25MB, Takeafile can send any file of any size as long as the receiver has enough free disk space of course.
Why is it better than Dropbox or Google Drive?
These services have a space quota. Once it is full you have to remove files by hand or pay for more space.
With Takeafile your file is not stored in any server, only in the recipient's computer. Send the file and forget about it!
Why is it better than WeTransfer?
When you send a file with WeTransfer, the file is first sent and stored in a server that is potentially thousands of kilometers away.
With Takeafile, the file goes directly to the receiver’s computer while saving precious time in the process, especially if you are physically close.
Ok, but what are the drawbacks?
The only drawbacks include having to keep the webpage open until the file is transferred and compatibility is limited to Chrome and Firefox at the moment.
How anonymous is it?
To send a file, neither the receiver or the sender have to provide any information. Furthermore the file you are sending goes straight to the receiver’s computer without any extra servers involved.
How safe is it?
All files are encrypted and sent straight to the receiver’s computer. As such, even if a malicious user gets the file by sniffing the network, they will not be able to open it. Only the person you share the URL with will have access.
How easy is it to use?
You don’t need to install anything; all you need is a browser (right now we only support Chrome and Firefox). The receiver just clicks on the link and the download will automatically start. Easy Peasy.
How does it work?
We use the capabilities to send data in a peer-to-peer fashion (from one computer to another) through the Internet without using any intermediate servers.
To temporarily store the file in your hard drive instead of in main memory, we use the FileSystem API for Chrome and FileHandle API for Firefox.
We first download the file to this temporary storage and when the download is complete we move the file to your downloads directory.
What permission do I have to give?
In Chrome we will try to store the temporary file in the temporary space, but it has size limitations.
If the file size exceeds this temporary space we will have to write to a permanent space.
To do so we will ask for your permission.
How to send multiple files?
In Chrome you can drag and drop a folder or several files and they will be zipped instantly (the zip will be streamed so it will not create a copy of the fils).
You can also click to open the file browser and make a multi-selection of files.
The receiver will get a regular zipped file (the receiver can also use a different browser such as firefox).
What about streaming?
You can stream an MP3 file on Chrome, but it is a beta feature.
The file will start to play before it has been downloaded but the great thing is that it will not be saved to your hard drive so you don’t have to worry about this file, just play it from your browser.
What is the "cloud upload" option?
Takeafile transfers your file from one computer to another.
As a result, the sender user cannot close the browser till the file has been transferred.
However, in the instance the sender cannot keep the browser open, we offer the possibility to upload the file to our servers.
In this way, the sender can upload the file and close the browser.
Then, the receiver user will be able to download the file from our server.
Currently, the file size has to be lower than 500MB and it will be removed from our servers after 7 days.
How do contacts work?
After two users have exchanged one file, they will be added to their contact list.
For this to happen, users have to register (set a name and a profile image).
After this, by clicking the name of a contact, a notification will appear in their computer.
The receiver will only have to click this notification to open the Takeafile webpage and start the transfer.